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The Springfield Renaissance School

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Posted December 21, 2010

I am a student at Renaissance school. I just stepped into this school as a 6th grader. Ms.Wood, Mr.Scanlan-Emigh, Mrs.Huttlinger, Ms.Adel, and all the others that I know are awesome teachers that give us the strictness and education that us students need. "Our school s mission is to provide a rigorous academic program for college-bound students in a small, personalized setting that impels and supports students to use their minds well, to care for themselves and others, and to rise to the challenges and duties of citizenship." This is our mission that we students learn, love, and always care about.My proud name at Renaissance is QUYEN NGUYEN


Posted October 10, 2010

I am a student at the Renaissance School and I love it. It is a very challenging and rigorous school with excellent teachers and a charismatic principal. it is by far the best school in Springfield


Posted December 2, 2009

The post written Dec 5, 2008 is pathetic and I highly doubt that it was written by a parent. Unfortunately, their poor rating is bring down the total score of an exceptional school. The teachers are phenomenal and the curriculum is well structured and challenging. The teachers really care and push the students to excel. Most classes are challenging in structure because they concentrate on college prep level curriculum and some classes are taught at a higher level than what other public schools in Springfield are being taught. The 'parent' who wrote the review previously mentioned clearly does not know a thing about this school. My daughter is in her third year there and I am constantly amazed at the level of commitment the teachers have in an age where Springfield schools are shedding qualified teachers at a terrifying rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

This school is great! The teachers are awesome and actually care about us. They're really committed to getting us all into college, and a lot of them are really inspiring.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2009

This school is very diffrent from other schools that are in our area. We teach on the core principles of actually learning the information over just grazing over subject matter. The teachers are great in terms of advising and understanding. They want the students to learn. On any given day some teachers work until seven getting done. I know that this dedication.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2009

As a founding student of The Springfield Renaissance School and a member School Governing Board (student rep.) I can tell you that Renaissance is by far the best school in Springfield. Started in 2006 on a grant from the BIll and Milenda Gates foundation and Expeditionary Learning School Renaissance is a 6-12 college bound EL public school. The school opened its door to the 6th and 9th graders and has grown since to 6-11 and next years will be graduating its first class. Renaissance focuses on each student as an individual and has kept that promise even when it has grown to 600 students. Each grade has an expedition for each trimester that benefits the greater springfield and national community. The teachers are the most dedicated you will find, each is of the best quality having undergone extensive EL training. If you are moving to Springfield Renaissance should your #1 choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2009

Having been at Renaissance since its founding, i know it very well and find it to be an excellent school, for educational purposes and for the fact that our school shares a real community and we care about eachother. We have many things that can't be found anywhere else in Springfield, like our ninth grade outward bound trips and small, personalized crews.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2009

I would give the Springfield Renaissance School an 8.5 on all counts. This innovative school focuses on each student's individual learning style and encourages students to work in a manner that emphasizes their strengths. The interdisciplinary approach to education is quite refreshing and the teachers are truly dedicated and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

renaissance is a very poor school the teachers are too nice and has no discipline at all the students are all untrustworthy and folowers but one thing i can say is they share a pretty nice building w/VSMS renaissance is a low accedemic school and expects too little from you from,a worried parent
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
19%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students47%
Female52%
Male40%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students38%
Female36%
Male39%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Female73%
Male65%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial60%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title I69%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students27%
Female27%
Male27%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracial10%
White41%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Title I27%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Female65%
Male69%
African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students16%
Female12%
Male22%
African American4%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Title I16%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students13%
Female9%
Male18%
African American4%
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Title I13%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title I97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female72%
Male83%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
39%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students76%
Female80%
Male72%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

100%

Average SAT score

1382

Graduation rate

79%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 43% 16%
White 26% 67%
Black 23% 8%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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